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President Trump's surprise visit.

The president stopped by MedStar Washington Hospital to check up on Steve Scalise personally.

MedStar Washington Hospital just released a statement on the condition of Rep. Scalise:

Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center.  He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding.  He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.  We will provide periodic updates.

If you're a praying person, keep Scalise and his family and the rest of the victims in your prayers.

Gun Control?

No, guns save lives.

 

How could it be possible?

How could the Left continue with the rhetoric that inspired attacks like the Alexandria shooting this morning?

A similar situation: The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated the Family Research Council (FRC) as a "hate group." In 2012, this designation inspired a terror attack against FRC, but SPLC still kept the organization on its "hate group" list. How could this happen?

Here's one small attempt at an explanation.

During a law enforcement press conference just now the FBI announced that they think the shooter had been in the Alexandria area since March. He'd apparently been living in his car, which was described only as a "white cargo van." They're asking the public to call the FBI hotline (or hit up the website) if they have information about what Hodgkinson had been doing since then.

Roger, you're even more ancient than I am, if that's possible, but with age has come (some) wisdom, and in Bernie Sanders we both instantly recognized a certain type from our college youth -- the unctuous Marxist prof who had a collection of Pete Seeger records in his Greenwich Village pad along with books on the innocence of the Rosenbergs and the collected writings of Gus Hall, which he displayed before screwing the innocent coeds. We though his kind had been discredited when their beloved Soviet Union collapsed, but no... they were just waiting to hoodwink a new generation.

Paula's post reminded me of why I thought -- back in my Mad Voter days covering the 2016 campaign -- that Bernie Sanders was the most dangerous major party candidate I have ever seen, far more dangerous than Hillary and, of course, Trump.  My reason was that Sanders was a longterm threat, playing on the minds of our gullible children with his non-stop stupidities that were no different from socialist-communist rhetoric of the 1930s.  But at least the thirties was before the Stalin-Hitler pact or we knew much about the Gulag.  Bernie, on the other hand, willingly took his honeymoon in the Soviet Union and is still a true believer.  I remember one night attending a Sanders speech in Des Moines.  The audience was packed, hanging on every word as if he were a rock star.  I thought I was in a time warp listening to Tom Hayden blather on in 1971.  Nothing had changed.  Except this round of kids had no background, no experience, to understand what they were hearing.  Now they are stalking our campuses.  Those antifa fascists are really Bernie's children. We are in the midst of a Chinese-style Cultural Revolution.

Where I am right about now:

Here's Sen. Sanders saying Trump is the "worst and most dangerous president in the history of our country" on Saturday —in Chicago, around 300 miles north of Belleville, where gunman James T. Hodgkinson lived.